Padang Travel Guide

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Padang Highlights

  • Pro
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    THLIN says…

     cheap place to go 

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     The airport is very small i think >_ 

  • In a nutshell
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     Padang is identic with Jam Gadang ^_^ 

Padang Things to Do

  • shopping

    Bukit Tinggi, Padang , Indonesia is a very popular place to shopping especially on local made songket or handmade clothes. The price is very-very cheap dan furthermore we can find how creative the peoples and the villagers there ini making a good and quality clothes.Most of the clothes was made by hand, and there is no hightech machines at all.Once...

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  • IMAM BONJOL SQUARE

    It was a big sQuare at the center of the city with its football playground, the Horn shaped roof architecture building as a balcony stadium and so many foods and drink seller stranded at the edge of the sQuare

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  • Shipwreck

    Around this rocky figure barrels and ropes have been carved into the stone to represent the shipwreck washed up on the shore.

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  • Pantai Air Manis

    Pantai air manis (sweet water beach), the beach famous with the legend of malin Kundang. Malin Kundang from poor family and he felt that he had to leave his family in this idyllic tropical place to seek his fortune elsewhere. Restless though he was he did not forget his family and home and so soon after achieving success and gaining great fortune...

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  • Bungus Beach

    Bungus beach, 20 kilometers south of Padang dominated by the Impressive hills which tower above the pleasant ricefield the crescent shaped bay is unspoilt.

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  • taman budaya

    in padang, this kind of building is everywhere.i took the picture of this one at taman budaya (culture park). i'm not sure what is this place for actually, maybe for some culture performance, but when we were there, there wasn't any activity.

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Padang Restaurants

  • a delicious local

    we found the place accidentally.we interested to try because we saw lots of people eat there. and since it's a unique local, we want to give a try.it turned out really delicious. when we want to buy another portion, they ran out of it!!and it's cheap, less than rp 10.000 for one portion. the sate!

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  • In the midst of padi field aplenty

    The ambience is simply great..you get to eat Padang food with padi field and mountain range in the background - great view that the food didnt really matter. The best Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) with sambal (chilli paste)...syiok

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  • Padang Fare

    The water feature which forms part of the facade of the restaurant captured my sight. The restaurant, as in most parts of Bt Tinggi is very clean indeed. It serves local Padang food where all their dishes are spread out for you and you may find repeated dishes being served. You, however pay for only what you eat at the end of it.One of the best...

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Padang Nightlife

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    Dancing on broken plates

    by khal2zu Written Dec 21, 2006

    For Rupiah 50,000 (children free entry)you can catch 100 mins of minang culture presented to you in the form of song, dance and martical arts performance. Available only on Fri and Saturday nites

    Dress Code: Casual

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    • Family Travel
    • Theater Travel

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Padang Transportation

  • Getting to Padang

    Getting to Padang city is pretty easy and convenient. From Singapore:You can get a direct flight from Singapore with Silkair (www.silkair.com) or a new budged airline Tiger Airways (www.tigerairways.com). Travel time is around 1hour and 10 mins. Don't take Garuda because the flight is enrouted to Jakarta or other city. Your travel time will be at...

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  • Train

    This old train just working on saturday and sunday only, and for tourism around padang city only....

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  • Province Bus

    To another city, and another province in Sumatera we can take this bus.... more bigger than city transportation....

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Padang Shopping

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  • Local Delicacies

    Shirley specialised in selling local delicacies from padang likce crackers/chips, serunding and dried rendang. Most of the products sold here are sourced from home industries in and around Padang. Local delicacies such as crackers/chips, serunding and dried rendang.

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  • leaf hat...

    I suggest you walk in tradtional market and find something interests you. There is really nothing much to buy here in Padang, though it's commercial and political centre in West Sumatra Province. However, some local Indonesian stuff do worth buying. For instance, a leaf hat is very different from the one here in Taiwan or, say, the other countires...

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Padang Local Customs

  • Personal Space

    If you are a white foreigner (locally known as bule) you tend to get stared at in places where few white foreigners go, but overall, Indonesians stand back and look, rather than gather around you. Those who do come right up to you are usually kids. The other habit which altogether ordinary to Indonesians is touching between those of the same...

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  • “Hello Mister” Fatigue

    This is the universal greeting given to white foreigners regardless of whether the person who is addressed is male or female. The less advanced English students know only “Mister” and “how are you”, which they will enthusiastically yell at white foreigners many times.

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  • Kids

    When we in the small island of Air Manis beach, we met 3 local kids... and they reallyyyy nice and friendly to everybody... and one of the kid climb to the tree and pick jambu Kaliang (black guava), the taste..... delicious....

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Padang Warnings and Dangers

  • Heat Stroke

    Padang is really hot during dry season, so be careful when you travel to Padang in very hot weather you may get heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat stroke is not common, but is very dangerous. It occurs especially in older people and alcoholics during hot weather. Signs: The skin is red, very hot, and dry. Not even the armpits are moist. The...

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  • The thieves are skillful.

    Theft can be a problem. If you are mindful of your valuable things and precautions, the chances of being ripped off are small. Most thefts are the result of carelessness or naivety. The chances of theft are highest in crowded places and when traveling on public trains, buses and bemos. Pickpockets are common in big cities, and crowded bus and train...

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  • Moster Earthquakes!!!

    Padang which is on Sumatra island lies near the Sunda Fault and is prone to earthquakes. According to the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency and U.S. Geological Service, an 8.4 RS earthquake hit West Sumatra province and Bengkulu province. The earthquake epicenter was 105 km off the coast of Bengkulu province. There have been several aftershocks,...

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Padang What to Pack

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    by adriansyah Written Dec 6, 2011

    Luggage and bags: Locks and waterproof cover for your luggage – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In Padang and in most part of Sumatra like Bengkulu, Palembang, Pekanbaru, the wet season falls between October and April, the wettest months are January and February that can make travel more difficult. The weather is still hot and more humid, but the January to February rains can come in sudden tropical downpours, and or it can also rain nonstop for a whole day.

    Bring plenty of socks to wear while wearing shoes, folding umbrella, a light waterproof rain jacket (heavy plastic raincoat might be too warm for the humid tropics), long pants and/or jeans, shorts, T-shirts, and flip flops.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, toilet paper, anti malarial pills, analgesic pills, Antihistamine pills for any allergic reactions.

    Photo Equipment: Zip lock bags for use in protecting your camera equipment, travel documents, etc. It's a good idea to bring extra batteries and SD cards, in case you go someplace where you can’t buy replacement stocks.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Flashlight, mosquito repellent & sarong.

    Miscellaneous: Electrical systems in most Southeast Asian countries use different voltages. Bring a transformer or adapter if your electronic devices don’t work properly with the local electricity.

    Hope it helps.

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    • Backpacking
    • Arts and Culture
    • Surfing

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Padang Off The Beaten Path

  • Most things chocolate - In Bukittinggi?

    If you are someone into chocolates, go to 6A Serba Coklat. Take a left from Novotel Butkittinggi and 150m down the road on the right. The chocolate brownies are very good indeed.

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  • Cottage Industry

    Less than an hours drive from Bukit Tinggi go to a place called Pandai Sikek. Here you will find cottage industries where weaving and woodcarving is a skilled well practised. The products are offered for sale of course and prices are negotiable (generally 30% - 50% discount of the original is quite the norm.

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  • Carolina's Beach

    This beach is about 20km+ away from city. Hiring a cab costs Rph100,000 round trip. There, you cannot do a lot since the beach is quite small and has nothing to see. The thing that I suggest is take a boat, an one engine boat and go to any one of the offshore island. It's like a HEAVEN in the middle of nowhere. It was so beautiful that all of us...

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Padang Sports & Outdoors

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    by THLIN Written Feb 16, 2006

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    Thanks to its location. According to my Tiger Tale magazine from Tiger Airways, Padang is a fabulous place for surfing and diving. Contact your hotel information desk, you would find out more. If you don't have enough money or time like us, why not just make yourself to a pulau ( island ) swimming all day long, enjoying the sunshine, indulging yourself with the scenery.

    Equipment: For diving, you can basically rent from the diving centre.
    For surfing, take you board with you.
    For swimming, yah, no need to mention.

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Padang Favorites

  • Dancing in the Rain...

    In the day, the weather can be as good as possible or as cloudy as it could be. Don't need to worry or forget to take an umbrella with you. Why?! Because it rains mostly in the late afternoon. Just within a few minutes, it rains dogs and cats. While I was sitting in our taxi, I saw people get saturated horrily, some of whom did not even have time...

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  • Airport is newly located...

    Padang's new airport has moved for anout half a year so far. The old one Tabing is only 7km away from the city; while the new oneMinankabau needs 40 min drives, which means furthuer from the city. If you don't have enough money to pay for your international departure airport tax, please do change before entering the check. If you change money...

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